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Return Of The Morgan Threewheeler

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On: Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 11:22AM | By: Chris Weiss

Return Of The Morgan Threewheeler

British specialty car firm Morgan is bringing back one of its legends of yesteryear: the Threewheeler. Built between the beginning of the 20th century and the 1950s, the Threewheeler looks like an interesting cross between a car and a partially faired motorcyle. Morgan is reintroducing it as a 2011 model.

Morgan is already known for its retro-inspired cars. Given that the Threewheeler can deliver fuel economy in the 50 mpg range, it's the perfect time to resurrect the icon. It's a retro-green vehicle for those looking to attract a little attention.

The bullet-shaped Threewheeler is built on top of a tubular aluminum frame and weighs in somewhere around a miniscule 1,000 pounds. With such a low curb weight, the 100-hp 1.8-liter Harley V-Twin engine is enough to get the trio of wheels rolling to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Top speed is given at around 115 mph. The Harley engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission sourced from Mazda.

The looks and performance sure beat a subcompact city car.

Morgan described its latest offering in a press release: "The future of road transport in the 21st Century has two big issues, the conservation of precious resources and the protection of our beautiful natural environment. Downsizing and a philosophy of simplicity are ways of dealing with these problems. The Morgan Threewheeler is a proven answer to these problems. In 2011 the Morgan Motor Company is to expand its range and go back to its roots."

Inside, the car is aero-inspired, featuring toggle switches and a "bomb release" ignition start button. It will get choice of tan or black seats.

Officially classified as a motorcycle rather than a car, the Threewheeler will make its debut next year. Morgan hasn't released the price, but did say that in addition to standard run models, it will open the Threewheeler to bespoke customization. The vehicle will be available in eight different exterior colors with either matte or gloss finish.

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